As part of the Nottingham 'Spring into Action' week of events, folks gathered to take action against one of the countries largest coal-fired power stations.
Ratcliffe-on-Soar is located a few miles south of Nottingham on the A453, just short of the M1, on the River Trent
11 people had 'locked on' to dumper trucks and the convear belts, feeding coal to the installation. This of course, caused major disruption to the plant operations for some hours, before they were cut out, and thus arrested. It is believed that they were taken to Nottingham for further questioning.
Many others gathered at the main gate in support of the action there, and kept a presence for much of the day.
Much press interest in the events, and was thus provided a great opportunity for those there, to explain their concern about climate change, and the inadequate response of governments, companies and individuals.
Press Release: Climate change activists target power station
Eastside Climate Action
Press Contact: Eleanor Fairbrother, tel: 07880937511
Nottingham, 10th April 2007
Climate change activists target power station
Today a group of people inspired by the Camp for Climate Action have disrupted the operation of Ratcliffe-on-Soar coal-fired power station by locking themselves to machinery. Direct Action was taken to target the 3rd largest source of carbon dioxide emissions in the UK.
One of the group said “the threat of climate change is so huge and the government so complacent that the people themselves are now acting in proportionate response to this and targeting the root causes of climate change. It's not enough to reduce emissions individually – we need to act together to challenge fossil fuel consumption.”
“Putting pressure on individuals to reduce emissions when companies like E.ON are profiting from this polluting industry is obscene and irresponsible. We should not be burning coal in the 21st century”.
For more information, please contact our press officer: Eleanor Fairbrother, tel: 07880937511
Notes to Journalists: Previous press releases:
Thu 5th - Wed 11th Apr, Spring into Action - A week of workshops, events, music and action on climate change happening at different venues across Nottingham. It is expected that within this period, there will be some workdays, were you will be able to turn up,and get involved in helping build the project Spring Into Action - A week of events on Climate Change, happening in Nottingham Thursday 5th - Wednesday 11th April 2007.
This is the 'full' Programme of Events, with dates, time, locations ..... and everything
Please check Nottinghamshire Indymedia on the 'Events' column [left hard side] for details of what when, how and where, nearer the time.
A week of workshops, events, music and action on climate change happening at different venues across Nottingham.
Climate change is real and its happening now. Governments and corporations dream of continued economic growth - economic growth can't solve this crisis, but we can. A massive and concerted effort is needed on the scale of 'Dig for Victory' or the 'Home Front': A war on climate change.
We can't continue our current way of life - the oil on which it all depends is running out too fast. A shift to a locally based economy will have to happen, with food and energy being produced by the people that use it. The only question is when? We could start now, or we could wait for a future of war, famine, hurricanes, droughts and floods. We need to gain the courage and change fast enough to cultivate a new world, before it's too late.
'Spring into Action' is part of an emerging grassroots movement against climate change. Born out of the Camp for Climate Action (www.climatecamp.org.uk), 'Spring into Action'unites people across the east of England into making changes in our own lives, creating small scale solutions in our communities and resisting those who still seek their own short term gain over a safe future for us all.
So get involved, come join a workshop or run one yourself, come and help organise the change that you want to experience in our world.
See also: http://www.eastsideclimateaction.org.uk
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